Sunday, April 19, 2015

REPUBLICAN PLAN TO REPLACE THE ACA IS LUDICROUS

This excerpt from the L.A. Times by Noam N. Levy explains how the Republicans would replace the Affordable Care Act with, you guessed it, the Affordable Care Act !

"The Republican outline would ban insurance companies from imposing lifetime limits on coverage, allow young adults up to age 26 to remain on their parents' health plans, and create a system of tax subsidies to help Americans buy coverage. All are pillars of the current law.

Like the current law, the proposal includes a system for penalizing people who don't have health insurance, although the mechanism is different than the current tax penalty.

And the Republican plan, like the current law, relies on cuts in Medicare spending and a new tax on employer-provided health plans with particularly rich benefits."

The mind reels, the little cogs turn, nothing meshes, they smile,

And I just move on !

ED

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SIGNING CEREMONY GRAPHIC REFUTES INDIANA GOV. PENCE

When Indiana Governor Pence invited witnesses to the signing ceremony for the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, he invited Priests, Monks, Nuns, a Rabbi or two, and three excessively HOMOPHOBIC men ! Why you might ask, for an Act that has nothing to do with discrimination against gays ?
http://www.glaad.org/blog/one-simple-graphic-shows-anti-lgbt-animus-behind-indianas-new-law


AMAZING GOVERNOR PENCE ANNOUNCES THAT THERE WILL BE A "FIX" TO BILL THAT DOES NOT NEED FIXING

While expressing complete confidence in the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act and extolling the fact that it is a " mirror " of the Federal Law and the laws of thirty other States, Gov. pence stated that he has asked the Indiana legislature to write a " fix " to the Act and have it on his desk by the end of the week !
So, see if I have this right. He has numerous times, on numerous media venues, specifically stated that this law does NOT allow discrimination against anyone regardless of who they are, who they love, or what are their beliefs. VOCIFEROUSLY !
Now he comes forth after a firestorm of protest across the Nation and states that the Act needs a FIX !
Wow, I can't seem to find anything to make up this week !
ED

JEB BUSH INSINUATES BEING GAY IS A LIFESTYLE

From Igor Bobic, Huffington Post
“I think Gov. [Mike] Pence has done the right thing,” former Florida governor and likely 2016 contender Jeb Bush said in a Monday interview. “I think once the facts are established, people aren’t going to see this as discriminatory at all.”
As a reason why such laws are necessary, Bush pointed to the case of a Washington state florist who was fined for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.
“There are many cases where people acting on their conscience have been cascaded by the government,” Bush told radio host Hugh Hewitt. “This law simply says the government has to have a level of burden to be able to establish there has been some kind of discrimination. We’re going to need this. This is really an important value in our country, where you can respect and be tolerant of people’s lifestyles but allow for people of faith to exercise theirs.”
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And now my take on this is :
Now I have to say that an increasing number of Republicans, their so-called pundits and those in the Religious Right when referring to LGBT issues always tend to use the word " LIFESTYLE." Always intimating that being Gay is a choice !

I would suggest to you that if being Gay is a " LIFESTYLE," then maybe being a Priest or a Rabbi or a Minister or a Heterosexual is a " LIFESTYLE." 
Maybe then we can all just set up businesses that only cater to say the Catholics, or to the Lutherans, or the legally man and a woman married couples. 
How about this. We use zoning to separate all businesses into " LIFESTYLE AREAS ."

If we take the ultimate step as an apartheid state, we can insist that all Mormons move to Utah, all Catholics move to Massachusetts, and all people of the " Gay LIFESTYLE " move to Indiana.
I cannot and have not made this up. It is impossible to do so ! This topic has caused me to assume the sarcastic " LIFESTYLE "
ED